There are many questions that I get asked on a regular basis, and if you’re following my blog you know I always try and answer these questions as much as possible. And this one is particularly important.
“As a buyer should I be getting a home inspection on the home that I want to buy, even if there is one already provided by the seller?”
Although sellers are required by law to disclose any known issues in the home, doing a home inspection is really about doing your due diligence when buying your home. Hiring an independent inspector, despite the seller doing a pre-sale inspection, is always a good idea. A second opinion can never hurt.
The inspection can help you negotiate your deal. You may be able to get the sellers to fix the issues in anticipation of the inspection, or be able to write it into the contract, or if you’re lucky you may be able to reduce your offer because of the necessary improvements.
The inspection can also be a great way for a homebuyer to plan ahead for the life expectancy of things like the furnace, roof and appliances.
Ultimately, what a home inspection does is give you more information to make sure you are making the best decision for you, your family and your wallet. And when the consequences have such a massive impact, a second opinion is always a worthwhile option. Anything that can make you more confident is this transaction is worth doing.